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National Spelling Bee to include vocabulary test

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(CNN & KNOE 8 News) - It will take more than just good spelling to win this year's National Spelling Bee.

Students will now have to know the definitions of the words. For the first time in its 86-year history a vocabulary test is being added to the competition.

Spellers will take computer-based vocabulary tests in the beginning rounds. Those scores will help determine the semifinalists and the finalists. The onstage spelling rounds will still look the same.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place May 28-30 in Maryland.

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